Traverse City Makes Top Ten List For Small Town Beer Scene

Craft beer brewers in Traverse City have been honored for excellence with their work by the readers of USA Today. Traverse City was selected as one of the ten best locations in the country for its “Small Town Beer Scene.” Traverse City placed seventh in the country after a four-week online vote by the publication.

“The brewers in the region are highly regarded,” says Trevor Tkach, president of Traverse City Tourism. “The craft beer scene is one of many draws to the region. We hear countless times from our visitors that after enjoying all that northern Michigan has to offer, a perfect cap to the day is enjoying a local brew with friends.”

A panel of beer experts from around the country was assembled by 10Best.Com and promoted by USA Today.  The experts nominated 20 small towns that were well known for their local breweries. From that list USA Today readers selected their top choices. The polling attracts considerable interest with an average of 5 million visitors per month.

Area brewers enjoyed the recognition. “That’s exciting that we’re a top ten city, “says Russell Springsteen from Right Brain Brewery. “We deserve it. We have several breweries that are making great beer.” At the same time Springsteen says he views the voting as a challenge and if there is a follow up to the contest he wants to land in the number one slot. “We have the breweries to do this.”

The top slot in the voting went to Avondale Esates, Georgia. A suburb of Atlanta, Avondale Estates has a population of just over 3,000 people. Full results are available at


Traverse City Tourism is a nonprofit corporation that serves as the area’s official destination marketing organization. Traverse City Tourism works to enhance, reinforce, and develop the northern Michigan brand for potential visitors through advertising, marketing, trade shows, publications, sales missions, media relations, and Visitor Center services. Its experienced and knowledgeable team members are motivated by pride for their community and a desire to advance its economic well-being without sacrificing the values that make it a pretty great place. For details on lodging, attractions, and area events, visit